Kin Khao
Kin Khao

Kin Khao

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kinkhao.com/
  • Phone: 4153627456x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Thai, Californian, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Gaines
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mason and Ellis
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 2 blocks away from the Powell Bart station.
A word from Kin Khao
Kin Khao serves delicious Thai food that stays true to its origin, made with seasonal produce and sustainably raised or caught meats and seafood.
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Kin Khao reviews from OpenTable diners
157 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (112)hot spot (47)neighborhood gem (39)late-night find (28)good for groups (28)great for lunch (23)special occasion (21)romantic (12)notable wine list (11)vibrant bar scene (11)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delightfully surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is definitely not your "Thai food 101" (as they say on the menu) place. Every dish we tried was very different from the usual fare offered by Thai restaurants in the city, each having wonderful flavors. Would absolutely recommend to friends (but you can't be squeamish about fish sauce). Try the "Relish" dish, clams, curry beef cheeks, squid. All delicious.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Disappointing
    motherofmany
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food is pretty expensive and limited menu. Spice is the name of the game. Papaya salad was almost inedible it was so spicey and the the noodle dish had so many bird chillies it ruined the taste of the dish. Green beans and larb were tasty, but nothing to write home about. Drink menu looks good and expensive. We had beers. I wouldn't go back. Too many great thai restaurants that control the spice based upon your request, both in SF and the surrounding Bay Area.
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  • Fresh and bright
    AGoodEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Not the usual offerings. Flavors distinct not one-note or mushy. Ribs, kau soi, pork sausage all standouts. Only miss was delicacy of grilled squid overwhelmed by tart and sweet sauce. Interior unremarkable; doesn't invite lingering. Tasty, small plates; tab for 3 people incl. 1 beer per and tip =$40 per person.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As advertised
    SaraV
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My waitress made an excellent cocktail recommendation. The food was intense and interesting, portions were generous, and everything arrived quickly (except my delicious cocktail, which I think the waitress forgot to order). I'll definitely be back again soon.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • unusual thai
    gelatoVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    delicious and unusual thai dishes... a fun place to take someone who is a bit of a foodie but might normally find Thai kinda plebian. the mushroom mousse w/rice cakes was amazing. so was the eggplant dish. mmmm.
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  • nemme
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Wonderful food but hard to find. Entrance is NOT on Cyril Magnun. It's on the corner of Ellis and Mason.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kin Khao is legit
    Chef
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Kin Khao is the only Thai restaurant worth eating at in the Bay Area.. ALl their pastes, sauces, curries are made from scratch. You can taste the authenticity, quality, and love in the food. I'm practically a regular here. Great job, Pim, Michael, and KK team.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Amazing food, good service (can be slow), very loud.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Food excellent, Service Distracted
    JimPVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The menu is very creative and extraordinary. Khan Khao management needs to focus on service. If you do not mind a frenetic, chaotic, inconsistent approach to service it's all worth it. The selection on the menu and the quality overcomes the service for us but if service is not more orderly and predictable it will cost them in the long run. The tables all around us experienced the same issues to the degree. Although all strangers between tables, it was so bad we were commenting between us that it was continually necessary to remind the servers of drink orders, food orders and other needs. One of our party described it upon our departure as superb food served by the Marx brothers.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Kin Khao
    jieh
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    A good but not great Thai restaurant, different from most. Massaman curry tender but with no curry flavor. Good salads and noodles. Caramelized pork belly fine but the same as available in a dozen other restaurants. Main course served before the salads. I would eat there again, but it is not a destination restaurant
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great downtown addition
    Jennifer
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I had wanted to try Pim's restaurant when I came to SF and was so glad to have had the chance to go for lunch. It was as good as I expected! Shared two dishes with a friend, and would have loved to try more.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top 50 New Restaurants in the US
    bluesonwhyteVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Bon Appetite magazine has named this small fusion eatery one of the top new restaurants in the US. With good reason it turns out. Whiel offering a very short menu, the quality here is first rate. This is exciting food. Not to be missed. The legal address is very misleading - go to the corner of Mason and Ellis instead.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • extremely good
    carlo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    i was there last night with my wife and daughter. very nice atmosphere (a bit noisy though), very friendly owner and staff. my green curry rabbit was fabolous, as were the Monterey bay calamari my wife had. the flat pork noodles of my daughter were also very good. some good german (pfaltz) white wine to complete the set. the bill was reasonable. I would come back if I lived in SF :)
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    fit for foodies
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  • live this place
    xhyunheex
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It was a great experience for me to dine in at kin khao. Appetizers and entree was off the chart but the dessert could have been better. There were only one dessert, didnt have any choice but to have the warm black rice pudding. Only thing that could have made my experience better was removing the dish off the table. It wasnt very busy but I had empty dishes piled up on my table. Other then that the whole experience was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    authentic
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Good modern, fresh thai food. Not fusion, but high end. Great service. Will definitely got back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Tender Pork Ever
    oink
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Hard to find the entrance. It's inside the 55 Parc hotel. I went through the hotel before realizing the restaurant entrance was at the back of the hotel. Well-executed and rare thai dishes can be found here. I had the most tender pork I've ever eaten. It literally melted off your fork. The thai sausage was a refreshing break from the usual bratwurst and chorizos. It even smelled good, being stuffed with fragrant basil, galangal, lemongrass, ginger and pork. Modern decor and dim lighting. Not too fancy. Good for the after-work crowd, reunions with old friends and possibly even dates, although it gets noisy at times in this cozy space.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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  • Cutting edge Thai food
    DaveinSF
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is sophisticated Thai (or Thai-like) food -- for the most part, excellent. The squid dish was over salted, but everything else was either very good or outstanding. Owner has clearly made an effort to provide wines that will go well with her food. I will be back.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern TAI EXPERIENCE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    No Pad Tai here! Exciting cuisine with great flavors--Rabbit loin and meatballs was delicious, with a memorable green curry sauce. The Wings are fabulous..Staff was very helpful and friendly---Very popular spot, with a lot of chatter, when the space fills up. Some tables are quite close.--JA.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food brought my taste buds' memories flooding back of their trip to Thailand more than 20 years ago. Lunch menu was short, only containing a few of the most highly recommended dishes, but all 4 items we sampled were delicious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Khin Khao is a treat
    mrc1VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Lunch at Khin Khao is a real treat, albeit with a limited selection of excellent entrees. Look for the restaurant on the 2nd floor of the Parc55 Hotel--although it is better and more reasonable than many hotel restaurants. I recommend the pork bowl and the chicken rice, both quite tasty and filling.
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    great for lunch
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  • Thai food at it's best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Kin Khao is the most authentic Thai restaurant I've eaten in outside of Thailand. The smells, flavours and textures were so nostalgic of time spent in Thailand, that when I left the restaurant I half expected to be in Chaing Mai. Our server was also very helpful in making this a delightful evening out.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thai, authentic, gr8 ingredients
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent food. Authentic Thai food (so unlike most dishes you'd find in a Thai restaurant in the US), cooked deftly using top notch ingredients (please don't expect big portions and low prices). Great experience
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  • Awesome Thai food
    Janebela
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We've traveled in Thailand several times but rarely eat in US Thai restaurants as they ten to serve the same menu. Kin khan ranks up there with Pok Pok (Portland & NYC) serving unusual, delicious and memorable Thai food
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Yummy Thai food in downtown SF
    Kayoshi
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I had Khao Soi Gai, a curry chicken noodle soup with crunchy noodles on top, a traditional Northern Thai dish. It comes with pickled vegetables that you mix in the soup. It was really delicious. The broth was so tasty. I also had the rice dessert and really liked that too. I thought the sweet salty caramel topping sauce really added to the flavor of the dish. The lunch menu is not as extensive as the dinner menu, but it thought was fine for a lunch. It's pricy, but they use good quality ingredients and the atmosphere is nice. I enjoyed my lunch very much.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • I don't usually give 5 stars..
    sfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    …but this place surpasses my expectations of a Thai restaurant by miles. The food is amazing, with unique and beautiful flavors executed perfectly. The interior environment is hip but doesn't seem forced. (The exterior environment is… WTF? Strange location.) The specialty cocktails are truly notable for having incorporated the flavors of Thai food so that they become an accompaniment, not a deviation. Staff is pleasant, young, and adorable. GO!
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  • Favorite new SF spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Fresh, Creative, Delicious Thai dishes and original cocktails
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • our new favorite in SF
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Anyone can make spicy food; only Pim can put together Thai flavors with such finesse. For anyone tired of the same old pad thai and satay, this place is must. Was just there a couple nights ago, and can't wait to go again. Pim, you rock!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thai Food Near Union Square
    ToughCritic
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Kin Khao is located in an office building near Union Square. The interior design is nothing special so the main reason to come here is for the food. The menu is small and the selection is limited but the dishes we ordered were tasty and well prepared. The Saeng-Wah was fresh and featured chopped prawns. Portion sizes are a little small based on the prices. Service was very good and the food came out quickly.
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • stucker
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was absolutely dynamic while being down home. The staff is extremely kind, knowledgeable and fun
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Thai food -- and I'm Thai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is one of the best Thai restaurants I've been to. Pros: - Excellent food. Very authentic, with particular attention to the spices so that eating almost any dish has multiple "layers" of taste. But yet modern -- not necessarily your "traditional" Thai food per se. - Small and intimate. - Modern, without feeling overly hip or trendy. - Friendly and helpful service. Cons: - Kind of difficult to find. It's in the Parc Wyndham 55 so it's address is on Cyril Magnin, but the front door is really on the corner of Mason and Ellis. This is a keeper. If you are in the Union Square area and want Thai food, this is great for pre or post theater dining. I will be back.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Not your run of the mill Thai place
    pDiddy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This place was recommended by a friend, and we were not disappointed. The food was really good. The vegetarian pad kee mao was average, but everything else was amazing. We'll be back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, service had issues
    dwntnrob
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was good, but the service was such a disappointment. It took 25 minutes for drinks to come out. Second round (which we ordered before any food came out) arrived after dinner. Our appetizers never came out. When the waiter brought out our main dishes, we asked about the starters and he said he was bringing them out with our mains because one diner in our party didn't order a starter, and he didn't want him to be left out - lol. The starters came about about 15 mins later. The waiter clearly did not know the menu. My partner has celiacs disease and is gluten intolerant. He clearly started this and asked the waiter which dishes were GF. He said the pork belly was GF, which arrived to our table in a soy sauce broth. Doubt I'll return.
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  • Be hungry and must like spices.
    GoBRZZ
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Interesting, inventive and very tasty drinks. Good wine list for the spicy cuisine. Beware!! Some courses will be too hot for some palates. Wings are large, juicy and leave some serious heat lingering. Ribs are terrific but require a bold appreciation of the dry rub spices. The spicy fried green beans were not too hot and added your requisite veggies. AVOID the fried quail...over-battered globs with very little flavor. The pork belly entree was absolutely delish but after 4 previous dishes, was more food than we needed. We did not see a single peanut during this dinner which was just fine! San Franciscans: Drink Riesling and ONLY Riesling with hot spicy foods. (Beer and sake ok too) but absolutely do not dring red wines or chardonnays.
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  • Delicious food, great drinks!
    sfeater
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Been wanting to try this since the opening and hearing a lot of hype. The food and drinks both lived up to the billing. The food in particular was delicious. Location is a little random (at the back of a hotel) but centrally located in Union Square area. Once you find it, it's an attractive modern space. Servers were friendly and helpful; they had a good knowledge of the food and could make recommendations. Good crowd - seemed like a mix of hipsters and possibly food-savvy travelers. I went twice in the span of a few weeks, and on one occasion it was full, and the other (right at opening on a Saturday evening), it was pretty easy to just walk in. I will definitely be keeping this on my list of places to return to!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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  • Soooooo Good!
    galynh
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Wow, this is not your typical Thai restaurant. Every dish we had was amazing - fresh, super flavorful and original. The blistered green beans are a must. As are the clams and their take on drunken noodles. Our server (whose name escapes me, unfortunately) was fun, knowledgeable and very helpful, both with food and wine recommendations. Highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The fried eggs salad was unique. Probably will be back to try other items on the menu.
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  • Fancy Thai in an energetic spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I went here on a Friday night at 9pm with a group of 4 friends. We all loved the food! It's definitely not your traditional thai restaurant. The food had a fun fancy California fusion to it, and it was ALL delicious!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Made with love
    FlavorFan
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Our waitress recommended the curries because "a lot of love was put into them." The beef cheek coconut curry was soooo rich and flavorful!!!! Definitely a lot of love! My group of 5 shared 7 dishes. So glad I was there with a group so I could try so many different flavors. Each dish had depth of flavor, but not repetitive of each other. I gave 4 stars for the food because I couldn't take off only 1/2 star for the heat level of 2 of our dishes, which were too high for my taste. I like the complex taste of spice in my food, but not to the point it makes it hard for me to taste anything else. I know authentic Thai is spicy, but I've had lots of Thai food in 15yrs of SF living and know it is possible to make it w/ less heat.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Not cheap but delicious
    southgate
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The dishes are wide ranging and well done. The service was great and made some great recommendations about how much to order. The price is definitely on the higher side but the execution was great and I think the ingredients were spot on.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Different Kind of Thai
    Frisco42
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've never encountered a Thai menu like this. Examples: Fried duck egg salad, chili jam dressing, peanuts, shallots, mint cilantro; or how about curry mousse in a jar with mushrooms from Connie Green with crispy rice cakes. There were four of us sharing six or seven dishes and every one was exceptionally good. The waiter was prompt, friendly and helpful. The food is not very spicy. Only caveat: very loud music and bad acoustics make for a din.
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